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Phil Ward's approach is similar in "Eagles" - we get up close and personal with a group of hard-drinking, resolute and patriotic commandos as they work their way through off-the-books raids and behind the lines shootouts with the Germans. Here the setting is Great Britain during the early days of WWII when much was in doubt. The women are lusty, beautiful, well-connected and veddy, veddy English. They can also handle a Colt. 45 and jump out of planes. Brilliant! The men drink like fish, train like Tarzan and get the girls. And they are really good at offing Hitlers best in well-planned covert raids. We follow the group through training, planning and -YES - actual commando and battle action. There's also plenty of meetings with fusty upper-crust British intelligence and high level officer types in sprawling English mansions: you almost smell the dust, the Indian rugs and the whiskey.
In sum, an interesting and entertaining series from a guy who obviously knows the commando business. I'll keep reading.
The characters might as well be cardboard cutouts; they are all dashing, beautiful, brave and indefatigable. I find myself hoping for the one of the main characters to be injured or shot just to see if he/she reacts like a human being.
I am 90% through the book, but have yet to meet a Nazi character. The most prominent enemy character is a Nazi general. He is in the book for about three pages and never speaks. In fact, the main characters capture him completely by accident. Ha! Ha!
Worst of all, this book is written in a strange, all-knowing, eye-of-God narrative voice. Instead of actually hearing from the characters themselves what they are thinking, feeling and experiencing, the author tells us in his detached, cliche-packed writing. This makes reading this novel like reading an after-action report or a Medal of Honor citation.
To wit: "The Whitley pilot, to his everlasting credit, did not jink, speed up, or take any evasive action whatsoever. He was a rock solid [sic] professional. Having prepared for this type of mission from the day he was assigned to fly for the Parachute Training School, he intended to put his jumpers on target, on time, or get shot down trying. Behind him, the other two Whitley pilots followed his lead and pressed on through the wall of flak."
To his everlasting credit? Please. Well...I'm sure their fictional parents would be very proud to read about their sons' courage under fire. But give me break.Read more ›
EXCEPT.......(AND THIS APPLIES TO BOTH THIS BOOK "WHO DARES ...."AND THE FOLLOW ON BOOK, "DEAD EAGLES").
for the scream making repetitive, never ending and coma inducing referal to call/nicknames of characters.
James "Baldy" Crinchleep. Major Alterton "No Nose Swordplayer" Faversham, Colour Sgt. Wilfred " Stomp en and bleed em"
McShane. Col. Redfern "Dash it where's my ketchcup" Wison. General the Duchess Lorraine "Biggest Boobs on the Planet" Toddington-Smythe, Etc.,etc.
You get the idea. I found it to be extremely distracting and totally needless. A once, possibly used discrriptor will suffice.
Continual repetition of this sort adds nothing and is a stumbling block to the telling of what otherwise is a rather decent read.
Author Ward,...? Cut it out. Just tell the story. It IS enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent story, moves along quickly, just enough nonsense to keep the book balanced. cant wait for the next book in this series.Published 3 days ago by Jeremiah Connor
I only have one complaint but it definitely spoiled my enjoyment of this book. That was the continuous overuse of full rank and name of each character. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jacqui Marlin
Easy to read and is part of a series. The plots/sub-plots are interesting.Published 18 days ago by Jim
This book tells the story of a British raider group that was formed to fight the Germans during the time when England was being bombed and things looked bleak. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Solit
Entertaining with great wartime descriptions and feel. Enjoyed it very much, great characters well developed and made you feel part of the action.Published 22 days ago by Unknown
I found myself continuing to read this book despite the fact that it was hugely flawed and in the end I could not help wondering if Mr. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Brian M. Barnes